Kidding Around

by Dervla Murphy

Kidding Around

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About this book

Becoming a parent need to not put an end to wanderlust. That's the message in this new anthology from Bradt, the latest in a series of collections of real-life tales focusing on different aspects of travel. With contributions from a range of both well-known, professional travel writers and newer writers from the UK and North America, this engaging and entertaining compilation of 37 stories lifts the lid on the perils and joys of travelling with babies, toddlers and teenagers in locations spanning five continents.
Contributors include renowned travel writer Dervla Murphy, National Geographic Traveller Editorial Director Maria Pieri, multi-award winning authors Adrian Phillips and Mike Unwin, and nature writers Amy-Jane Beer and Nicola Chester to name just a few. Potentially life-threatening situations, confessions of inept parenting and celebrations of derring-do are all part of the mix.
There's plenty of adventurous travel, from trekking with toddlers in the Himalayas to sailing en famille across the Atlantic Ocean and the first circumnavigation of Mauritius by bicycle. Read how one mother threatens to dump her baby on jobsworth airport officials, how a father inadvertently takes his daughters to a brothel, and how one family turned up six hours early for a flight. and still managed to miss it. Join families paddling with crocodiles and getting their jeep stuck on a beach as the tide is coming in, or eleven-month-old Rory as he eats alongside marine iguanas and three-year-old Quin who befriends a family of cockroaches.
At times comical, hair-raising or just plain fun, there are also magical moments with wild creatures or in wild places. For anyone who has ever travelled with children, or wondered what it must be like to head out into the unknown with little ones in tow, this is a captivating read.

About the author

Compiled from tales written by 37 different authors, this anthology has been edited by seasoned travellers Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Travel Guides, author of many guides and narratives, and editor of Bradt's previous anthologies, and James Lowen, wildlife photographer and writer who has travelled widely to share wildlife-watching experiences with his daughter, whether climbing Spanish mountains in pursuit of chamois, scouring Atlantic waves for the fins of whales or catching viperine snakes in Portugal.

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Foreword Dervla Murphy
Introduction Adrian Phillips
Bedtime Stories in Little Tibet Dervla Murphy
David's First Glimpse of Eternal Snows Jane Wilson-Howarth
Taking the Teen for a Walk Jude Marwa
Harriet's First Trek Matthew Ellis
Cycling in Mauritius Hallam and Carole Murray
Early Birds Adrian Phillips
The Husky Ride Maria Pieri
The Night I Took My Daughters to a Filipino Brothel Hugh Brune
The Best Medicine Vernon Lacey
Returning Elizabeth Pimm
Using Basketball Skills in a Chinese Hospital Lori Green LeRoy
Fall in Mexico Astrid Vinje
A Wild Bus Journey Across Borneo Sophie Beesley
Adjusting to Life at Sea Caspar and Nichola Craven
The Voyage to Wild Cat Island Amy-Jane Beer
River Journey Jonathan Lorie
Bali Ginny Whitelaw
Back to our Roots George Bernard Shaw
A Winter in Menorca Kirsty Fergusson
Bulgarian Lessons Jonathan Campion
The Castle of Misadventure Mairi McCurdy
Being Explorers, Having an Adventure. and Going to School Celia Dillow
Chinese Blessings Marie Noonan
Fun and Games Drive Mike Unwin
Travel from the Doorstep Nicola Chester
Encounters with the Galápagos Jane Vincent-Havelka
Wild, Wet and Wondrous Amanda Vincent
The Trip to Bunny Island Suzanne Kamata
James's first night camping David Lowen
Travels with my Teen: Edinburgh Theresa Sainsbury
Looking Up Dom Tulett
Travelling, Differently Penny Wincer
Thomas and the Great Japanese Farewell Marie Kreft
How to Lose Weight on Vacation Jen Dowd
Next Stop, Camping Lydia Unsworth
The Faraway Family Tree Kirstie Pelling